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sion group (not religious) providing a
comfortable, casual setting where old
friends can be seen and new ones
made. Everyone is welcome. No mem
bership roster or dues. Social period
and program weekly on Tuesday
nights. Unless otherwise indicated,
meetings are always at 8 p.m. at Park
Road Baptist Church, C900 Park Road
two blocks north of Park Road Shop
An information and referral service as
well as a crisis line. Staffed most
nights 7 to 11 p.m.
Lambda Political Caucus
Activist group initiating political and
educational change, usually through
behind-the-scenes work with political
parties and candidates and through
distributing political information.
Meetings open to gay men and lesbi
ans and their friends are held 8 p.m.,
second Monday of each month, at the
Cardinal Woods South apartments
clubhouse. From I-77 (exit 4), go east
on Nations Ford Road a half mile. An
nual dues: $10 individuals: $15 cou
ples. P.O. Box 221841, Charlotte
28222, or phone the Switchboard.
Charlotte congregation of the Univer
sal Fellowship of Metropolitan Com
munity Churches worships at 7 p.m.
each Sunday. Unitarian Church, cor
ner of Sharon Amity and Hardwicke
one block north of Cotswold Shop
ping Center. For other services and
meetings, call 535-0541 or write the
MCC office at 1927 N. SharomAmity,
Queen City Quordinators raises funds
for gay/lesbian groups and initiates
projects for the community at large.
Meetings: first and third Thursdays, 8
p.m., the SANE Center, 2125 Com
monwealth Ave. (the Labor Building);
open to gay men and lesbians and
their friends. For vigorous continued
growth, QCQ needs volunteers and
their ideas. For more information,
write P.O. Box 221841, Charlotte
28222. QCQ: A United Concern for
the Gay/Lesbian Community.
QCQ-affiliated groups are listed here and send
representatives to assist in QCQ planning. QCQ
in no way controls activities of member groups
except in agreeing to grant funds to affiliated
gay/iesbian organizations requesting financial
assistance. Non-affiliate groups of particular in
terest to gay men and lesbians in Charlotte in
clude Gay Men Over Forty and the Charlotte
chapter of NOW.
A Monthly Newsletter Published By QCQ
Vol. 2. No. 2
Charlotte May Get Huge
New Gay Bar By Easter
If no snags develop, Charlotte will
have a huge new gay disco by Easter
The name: Fantasia. The size; 19,000
square feet — about twice the size of
the Odyssey — in a location that once
housed an A&P grocery store.
“I can’t talk about the specific loca
tion yet because, although all the de
tails are worked out, we haven’t signed
the lease yet,” said Mike Federle, gen
eral manager for the new club. Federle,
who worked briefly at the Scorpio in the
mid 1970s, has worked for the last sev
eral years in restaurant management.
The bar will feature a huge dance and
stage area with a world-class light
“We’ll have a video system on the
dance floor with a 10x12-foot screen,”
Federle said. “And we’ll incorporate a
laser show with the video screen.
“But the most unusual part of the
light show has 1,100 to 1,200 bulbs
controlled by computer. There’s only
one other component like it in the world
and that’s in London. We’re shooting
for a light show that’s better than the
Limelight’s in Atlanta.”
Federle, assistant general manager
Bill Dustin and entertainment director
J. Douglas Smith have been working on
their plans for about 18 months.
“After we decided to do it,” Federle
said, “we started traveling from New
York to Miami. Our formula will be to
take the best we’ve seen and incorpo
rate it into Fantasia.”
Smith said, “We plan to do 17 big
shows a year with four of those featur
ing really major national entertainers.
That’s the concept of our bar — major
entertainment with the focal point at
other times being the sound system
and light show.
“We’ll try different things, too, like a
New Wave night possibly on Thursdays
with QCQ events and other benefits
mixed in. We’re also thinking about
nonalcoholic Sunday afternoons for
people 16 to, say, 25.”
Membership and cover charges will
be no more than those currently
charged at Charlotte gay bars, Federle
said. “We can’t cut our membership
charge much because state law says
you can never charge more for a one-
night event than for an annual mem
bership — and we’re going to bring in
some pretty heavy entertainment.”
The bar will employ 15 to 20 people.
Federle said people interested in ap
plying for memberships should read the
March issue of 0-Notes.
New Lesbian Group Organizing
A social and educational group for
lesbians is finally becoming a reality
The first meeting of the group, as
yet unnamed, will take place Sunday,
Feb. 12, 7 p.m., at the Cardinal
Woods South apartments clubhouse
on Nations Ford 'Road (from 1-77,
take the Nations Ford Road exit and
go east for a half mile).
The group, open to lesbian
women and their friends, will be ten
tatively based on the concept that the
Charlotte group Acceptance has
found successful since 1978. Accep
tance, which has become mainly gay
male-oriented but always welcomes
women, is a nonpolitical, nonreligious
social group which usually features a
program with a subject of interest to
the gay/lesbian community.
Preliminary plans for the new
women's group call for monthly meet
ings, but frequency can be changed
depending on the desires of the
group. The meetings will give lesbian
women a chance to socialize, net
work, and form a support structure
independent of Charlotte’s bar scene.